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Division of Business and Financial Affairs

Welcome to the Division of Business and Financial Affairs. Our division has responsibility for the management of functions at the College ranging from finance and accounting to contractual operations at the College bookstore. Specifically, the staff of the Division of Business and Financial Affairs:

  • Manages the College's Operating and Capital Budgets
  • Prepares financial reports for both internal and external constituencies
  • Manages the Compensation Program administration for non-academic employees and training programs for a cross section of the entire campus
  • Manages some aspects of student services, such as:  bookstore sales, and food service contract administration
  • Manages safety and security cooperatively with the Division of Student Affairs
  • Manages acquisition of property and building construction and renovation projects

Dawn Alston

Dawn Alston Named Spelman CFODawn Alston, who has enjoyed a 20-year career at Spelman College, was appointed chief financial officer and vice president for business and financial affairs, effective September 1, 2019.

In her new role presiding over the Division of Business and Financial Affairs, she succeeds Robert "Danny" Flanigan Jr., who will continue in his role as treasurer and assume the new title of chief investment officer.

“Dawn’s years of service to Spelman have provided her with a unique vantage point that will help ensure the College’s financial health and well-being. Her appointment provides a seamless transition in the leadership of the division,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., Spelman president. “She will be instrumental in assisting the College in reaching its strategic goals, including enhancing operational excellence.”

“Flanigan is a legend in the world of finance. His stewardship of the College’s nearly $400 million endowment has given Spelman the capacity to support stellar students, faculty and staff and assure the excellence and continued growth of Spelman,” Dr. Campbell continued. “His institutional knowledge is invaluable and will continue to advance the goals of the College.”

A native of Washington, D.C., Alston joined Spelman in 1999 as a research technician in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry. During her 17-year tenure in the Division of Business and Financial Affairs, she was responsible for the budgetary oversight of Administrative Support and auxiliary services. In her new role, she will have oversight of Facilities Management and Services, the Office of Human Resources and the Office of the Controller. She will share oversight of Public Safety and Dining Services with the Division of Student Affairs.

Before coming to Spelman, Alston served as a compliance officer at the Department of Defense and was an adjunct biology instructor at Wofford College and Tri-County Technical College.